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This circular walk explores the iconic rocky turrets of Stac Pollaidh, with stunning views across the plains of Assynt and the Summer Isles on Scotland’s west coast.
At just 612m high Stac Pollaidh must be Scotland’s finest mini mountain, tucked away near the wild and rugged west coast in the shadow of hulking giants Cul Mor and Ben More Coigach.
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You can park at its base and walk to the east summit in less than an hour, but beware that the route to its true western summit involves a rocky scramble on an exposed ridge that should only be attempted by experienced and competent scramblers.
Whether you reach the summit or not, you’ll be rewarded with the kind of views you thought only existed in distant foreign mountain ranges. Huge standalone peaks – including the unmistakable profile of Suilven – rise from the flat plains surrounding them. This is the Highlands at its unique best, a place where red deer roam the glens and eagles patrol the skies. It makes you feel very insignificant.
When you’ve finished the walk and kicked off your muddy boots, head to the pubs and cafes of nearby Ullapool for some deserved refreshment. It’s a paradise for seafood lovers.
This route was voted 22nd in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: A deserved contender for the title of ‘Britain’s Best Mini Mountain’ – this short walk delivers some of the biggest views you’ll find in any mountain range.